Fellowship

Fellow 2019/2020

Oleksiy Radynski

Filmmaker and writer Oleksiy Radynski uses documentary film practice to examine the relationship between fact and fiction. His films have received a number of awards at film festivals. They have been screened and he has presented at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, 2019, 2018, and 2015; Stroom, Den Haag, The Hague, 2019; e-flux, New York, 2019 and 2015; Forum Expanded, Berlin, 2017; S A V V Y Contemporary, Berlin, 2017; DOK Leipzig, 2016; Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, 2018 and 2015; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015; among other venues. His texts have recently been published in Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and East Europe: A Critical Anthology (2018), Proxy Politics: Power and Subversion in a Networked Age (2017), and in e-flux journal (2017, 2014). He is a participant of the Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv. Radynski lives and works in Kyiv.

 

Oleksiy Radynski

Filmmaker and writer Oleksiy Radynski uses documentary film practice to examine the relationship between fact and fiction. His films have received a number of awards at film festivals. They have been screened and he has presented at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, 2019, 2018, and 2015; Stroom, Den Haag, The Hague, 2019; e-flux, New York, 2019 and 2015; Forum Expanded, Berlin, 2017; S A V V Y Contemporary, Berlin, 2017; DOK Leipzig, 2016; Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, 2018 and 2015; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015; among other venues. His texts have recently been published in Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and East Europe: A Critical Anthology (2018), Proxy Politics: Power and Subversion in a Networked Age (2017), and in e-flux journal (2017, 2014). He is a participant of the Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv. Radynski lives and works in Kyiv.

 

Fellowship Research Trajectory

Data Is the New Gas is a research project that looks at fossil fuels and big data as two intertwined forces guiding the development of today’s global society. It primarily focuses on the case of the disputed Nord Stream II (NSII) natural gas pipeline and its infrastructural genealogy. The NSII is fiercely criticized by opponents in Europe and beyond because it drastically increases dependency on Russia-produced fossil fuels and, therefore, Russia’s political model, and because it causes concerns about climate goals inscribed in the Paris Agreement and other agreements. What is largely missing from these debates is attention to the structural interdependency of authoritarian politics with practices of fossil fuel extraction and, broadly, the exploitation of natural resources. Oleksiy Radynski’s research traces this interdependency by focusing on the political and cultural history of fossil fuel and data-related infrastructures on the Eurasian continent, unfolding around the Soviet-era, Kyiv-based mathematician and engineer Viktor Glushkov. His visionary 1960s and 1970s work proposed developing a network for cybernetic governance sometimes referred to as the “Soviet Internet.” Instead, his cybernetic expertise was utilized for a different task: the computerization of Druzhba (Friendship), the world’s longest oil pipeline, which carries Siberian oil to Europe to this day, and upon which much extractivist infrastructure have been modelled. This research takes the form of a series of texts reprocessed into a script for an archive-based essay film, which takes place in two temporal dimensions: that of the trajectory of Glushkov’s work as well as the ongoing controversy around the NSII pipeline, aiming to imagine future scenarios of environmental and anti-authoritarian liberation struggles.

Aliens, Spacetime, Storytelling, and Infrastructure: December Fellows Intensive

In December 2019 the BAK 2019/2020 Fellows gather for their third Fellows Intensive, co-convened by Fellows Oleksiy Radynski, David Muñoz Alcántara, and Diana McCarty along with BAK. Synthesizing and pushing their own and each other’s individual research trajectories, in December the Fellows visit local institutions like IMPAKT, Casco Art Institute, and Universiteitsmuseum; create and participate […]

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